Fox settles sexual harassment claim against Bill O'Reilly

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

According to Mackris, O'Reilly told her on multiple occasions to buy a vibrator, called her when it sounded like he was masturbating and described to her his sexual fantasies, which included using a loofah - which he referred to as a "falafel thing" - on her private parts.

The letter claims that Abernethy also tried to wow her and, according to the Times, "retaliated against her professionally after she made clear that she was not interested in a personal relationship".

Fox, for its part, has denied that these changes constituted retaliation against Huddy, or that O'Reilly or Abernethy sexually harassed her.

The New York Times says Huddy reached a six-figure exit deal with FNC. The Washington Post reported the settlement "likely involves payment of millions of dollars to Mackris, since the two sides were discussing an offer of well over $2 million when negotiations [earlier] broke down".

While she never wanted a relationship with Bill, "she felt compelled to comply with Mr. O'Reilly's request, given that he had total control over her work assignment". Former Fox affiliate host Juliet Huddy reportedly received a sum in the high six figures in exchange for an agreement not to sue and to stay silent about her allegations against O'Reilly, the highest-rated man in cable news.

The company allegedly paid a six-figure sum to Huddy, who had appeared as a guest on The O'Reilly Factor and also as cohost of a syndicated morning show canceled in 2009 and, until last September, Good Day Early Call on NY affiliate WNYW.

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Huddy also alleged that O'Reilly's phone calls would veer from work issues to "highly inappropriate and sexual" subject matter.

"To shock and disgust, as Ms. Huddy was saying goodbye to Mr. O'Reilly, he quickly moved in and kissed her on the lips".

According to The Times, Huddy was paid for her silence. Fox News had previously pledged to take allegations of sexual harassment seriously, and has hired a new head of human resources. She remained at the station until just after reaching the agreement with Fox News following her letter.

Huddy joined Fox News in 1998 as a host on the Fox & Friends weekend edition.

Mr. O'Reilly persisted and again asked that Ms. Huddy come up to his room, and she ultimately went up give him the key, according to the letter. It doesn't: Following the 2015 revelations about his embellishments/exaggerations/lies, after all, his command of the audience only strengthened.

These are not the first allegations of sexual misconduct to be brought forward against O'Reilly.